Reports | January 02, 2012 20:32

Reggio R6: Nakamura increases lead as fighting chess continues

Reggio R6: Nakamura increases lead as fighting chess continues

Hikaru Nakamura increased his lead in Reggio Emilia to 4 points on Monday. In the 6th round the American grandmaster beat Nikita Vitiugov with White while his closest pursuers Alexander Morozevich and Vassily Ivanchuk both lost, to Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri respectively.

A 4-point lead for Nakamura in Reggio Emilia | Photo © 54th Torneo di Capodanno

Event 54th Torneo di Capodannno |  PGN via TWIC
Dates December 27th-January 6th, 2011
Location Reggio Emilia, Italy
System 6-player double round robin
Players Ivanchuk, Nakamura, Morozevich, Vitiugov, Caruana, Giri
Rate of play 100 minutes for the first moves followed by 50 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment from move 1

The 6th round couldn't have gone better for Hikaru Nakamura. He played an excellent game himself and won against Vitiugov, while both Morozevich and Ivanchuk, trailing by one and three points respectively, lost. The American now has a 4-point lead, which comes down to a bit more than one win.

Unlike against Ivanchuk, Nakamura didn't need any luck in his game against Vitiugov. The American started the new year with a Karpovian win - a game that could have been played by the young, 1.e4 Karpov. Just when White seemed to be starting an attack on the enemy king, Nakamura traded queens and went for a solid but long-term endgame advantage. He kept on controlling the whole board and left his opponent without a chance to survive.

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New Year's Eve in Reggio - Hikaru Nakamura, still lucky?

Alexander Morozevich had many opportunities to draw his game against Fabiano Caruana. However, probably as a result of the football score and his ambition to win this tournament, he played for a win until there was no way back.

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Fabiano Caruana, here celebrating the new year, beat Alexander Morozevich in round 6

After struggling a bit in the first four rounds, Anish Giri won two games in a row. His scalp in round 6 was none other than Vassily Ivanchuk and, well, let's call this victory one à la Capablanca. Like the great Cuban did so often, Giri outplayed his opponent from a slightly better ending, with patience and persistence.

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Anish Giri at New Year's Eve, with his family and press officer Martha Fierro next to him, and some interesting drinks. Did he just find himself a sponsor to finance working with Kasparov?? ;-)


Reggio Emilia 2011 | Round 6 Standings

No. Name Rtg Score/game Tiebreak Perf
1 Nakamura,H 2758 14.0/6   3019
2 Morozevich,A 2762 10.0/6   2797
3 Ivanchuk,V 2775 8.0/6   2734
4 Giri,A 2714 8.0/6   2754
5 Caruana,F 2727 7.0/6   2692
6 Vitiugov,N 2729 2.0/6   2469

Reggio Emilia 2011 | Round 6 Standings (classical)


Reggio Emilia 2011 | Schedule & results

Round 1 27.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 6 02.01.12 15:00 CET
Ivanchuk ½-½ Giri   Giri 1-0 Ivanchuk
Vitiugov 0-1 Nakamura   Nakamura 1-0 Vitiugov
Caruana 0-1 Morozevich   Morozevich 0-1 Caruana
Round 2 28.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 7 03.01.12 15:00 CET
Giri 0-1 Morozevich   Morozevich - Giri
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Caruana - Nakamura
Ivanchuk ½-½ Vitiugov   Vitiugov - Ivanchuk
Round 3 29.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 8 04.01.12 15:00 CET
Vitiugov ½-½ Giri   Giri - Vitiugov
Caruana 0-1 Ivanchuk   Ivanchuk - Caruana
Morozevich ½-½ Nakamura   Nakamura - Morozevich
Round 4 30.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 9 05.01.12 15:00 CET
Giri 0-1 Nakamura   Nakamura - Giri
Ivanchuk 1-0 Morozevich   Morozevich - Ivanchuk
Vitiugov 0-1 Caruana   Caruana - Vitiugov
Round 5 31.12.11 15:00 CET   Round 10 06.01.12 13:00 CET
Caruana 0-1 Giri   Giri - Caruana
Morozevich 1-0 Vitiugov   Vitiugov - Morozevich
Nakamura 1-0 Ivanchuk   Ivanchuk - Nakamura


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Author: Peter Doggers

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Ashish's picture

Cute ending to the Giri-Ivanchuk game.

choufleur's picture

well nothing special well known topic in endgame

RealityCheck's picture

Yes we can. Go Naka!

Frank's picture

There is no we in chess, USA

RealityCheck's picture

Shut up already.

E. F.'s picture

GM Nakamura, very good game today, Karpovian style! Only handle the situation to win the tournament. Then go for Magnus in Wijk aan Zee! Go Naka, goo!

darkergreen's picture

at the moment, he can go for carlsen if only it is in blitz time control. check the overall classic games between them! magnus dominates him very well.

Chris Girardo's picture

If Nakamura can break the few-point rating gap between himself and the 6-8 top rated players, he will be seriously knocking on the doors of the world's true elite (Carlsen, Aronian, Anand, Kramnik).

kamalakanta's picture

I don't understand why White did not play 28.Rxa7+....

Frits Fritschy's picture

In Morozevich-Caruana, you mean. You're not the only one.

Peter Doggers's picture

Indeed, I added a note in the game viewer.

E. F.'s picture

Nakamura, already belongs to the elite of world chess!!!

Saji's picture

I don't think so he has to travel a long way for that may be anohter 2 years.

Remco G's picture

It's about a year since he won Tata ahead of Anand, Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik -- that's enough, he's world elite. Stop hating.

Randowan's picture

Nakamura #5 on the live rating list but not elite? Gimme a break.

Abbas's picture

It would be a good achievement If Nakamura managed to score draws in the next 4 games.

christos's picture

Very impressive rating by Nakamura. Also, impressive how tenaciously he defends in worse or even lost positions, against players of the highest calibre.

BVK's picture

Why no comments about other games? :(

Zeblakob's picture

The problem of Ivanchuk iz that he is too sensitive (like me).

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